University of Iowa

Eric Goodman

Eric Goodman’s fifth novel, Twelfth and Race, was published in 2012 by the University of Nebraska Press Flyover Fiction series. He is the recipient of three Ohio Arts Council fellowships as well as residencies at the Headland Center for the Arts, Ragdale, and the MacDowell Colony. Goodman has also published more than 150 articles and essays, with work appearing in the LA Times Sunday Magazine, GQ, Travel & Leisure, Saveur, and several anthologies. For the past decade, Goodman has directed the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

This weekend workshop is designed for prose writers of all levels, scribblers of fiction or creative nonfiction who would like to learn how to be funny, or in many cases, funnier, on the page. Whether a writer’s intentions are ultimately serious or light-hearted, being able to make readers laugh is a sure way to attract and to hold their attention. If you can amuse your readers, they’ll follow you straight to the cash register. Just ask Sedaris.


This is an advanced novel writing workshop. It is designed for writers who are fairly far along or perhaps have finished a draft of a novel. Each participant will submit up to twenty pages—preferably the first twenty, but not necessarily—to be considered by the class. We will discuss, as a group, how to go from rough draft to final draft. What needs to be done? What’s the best way to do it? How do you know when you’re finished? How do you prepare your manuscript to submit to an agent or publisher?